Jul 26, 2009
Sunday Stills - Toys
This week’s Sunday Stills challenge is “Toys”. And mine are fur, leather and steel. And it’s not what you are thinking! Once again, I’ve taken my camera to the barn and the farmyard to capture this week’s pictures.
Everything I have related to my horses are my toys, so to speak. We have 5 horses and they each have their own bridle or two. Or in Windy's case, three. My idea, not hers. I've never had a daughter, so I get to play dress-up with my horse.
And of course each of us have our own saddle and trail gear. And then whatever ointments, sprays, wraps, and other supplies that are in the tack room of the barn are duplicated in the trailer.
When we first got our horses, I guess I didn’t think much about riding beyond our own pasture or driveway. But after about 6 months of horse ownership, I came home to find a “new to us” one ton truck in the garage and before we even got it licensed, we were trailer shopping. Today we have a 4-horse gooseneck trailer with living quarters that we use when camping. (I know it's sick and wrong, but most often the trailer is cleaner than my house.)
Time went on. The boys got older and had better things to do than riding horses with their mom. John works out of town a lot in the summer. It seemed like such a waste to load just one horse in that big trailer to meet a friend for a short ride. So I started looking for a smaller trailer to use when it was just me. A majority of the time, I hook up to this 2-horse Sundowner. Now I'm thinking "why use the 1 ton to pull this small trailer?" (Was that out loud?)
Any horse person knows that least expensive part of horse ownership is buying the horse. It's the toys that go with the horse that set us back a dime or two.